uneven

adjective
un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Definition of uneven

1a archaic : unequal sense 1a
2a : not even : not level or smooth : rugged, ragged large uneven teeth uneven handwriting
b : varying from the straight or parallel
c : not uniform : irregular uneven combustion
d : varying in quality an uneven performance
3 : unequal sense 3a an uneven confrontation

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Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb
unevenness \ ˌən-​ˈē-​və(n)-​nəs How to pronounce unevenness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for uneven

rough, harsh, uneven, rugged, scabrous mean not smooth or even. rough implies points, bristles, ridges, or projections on the surface. a rough wooden board harsh implies a surface or texture distinctly unpleasant to the touch. a harsh fabric that chafes the skin uneven implies a lack of uniformity in height, breadth, or quality. an old house with uneven floors rugged implies irregularity or roughness of land surface and connotes difficulty of travel. a rugged landscape scabrous implies scaliness or prickliness of surface. a scabrous leaf

Examples of uneven in a Sentence

His breathing was shallow and uneven. You should check your car's tires often for signs of uneven wear. an uneven distribution of wealth We have an uneven number of players, so we'll have to rotate.
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The sneakers contained frayed fabric and uneven stitching. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Adidas Shared Details on a Sneaker Line Designed by Donald Glover," 18 Apr. 2019 The cream features hyaluronic acid, arginine, and vitamin E to help soften the texture of uneven skin, while the serum, packed with essential fatty acids, has a soothing effect on the physical discomfort stretch marks can sometimes cause. Marci Robin, Allure, "Loey Lane's New Brand Love AnyBody Launches Affordable Body-Care Products at Target," 4 Apr. 2019 Building on top of uneven land can be a challenge that requires some out-of-the-box thinking, but product designer Gavin Rea has come up with a simple but clever solution. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Prefab home concept appears to float above the landscape," 15 Oct. 2018 Besides the modules, SOM has designed communications towers to sit on the highest points of the moon's uneven terrain. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Is This Inflatable City What Life Would Look Like on the Moon?," 11 Apr. 2019 In particular, the GMC’s adaptive-damping suspension felt a little behind, failing to contain transient wheel juddering after hitting uneven surface. Dan Neil, WSJ, "A Luxury Truck Showdown: Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra," 11 Oct. 2018 For those who don't want to be on the ground, or are camping in rocky, or uneven terrain, hanging a hammock might just be the solution. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Tents for Camping and Backpacking," 22 Mar. 2019 Even the best driverless cars today have problems with tough driving conditions like recognizing uneven terrain or navigating difficult weather. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "The Long, Shared Road to Driverless Cars," 18 Mar. 2019 But keep in mind that some parts of the gardens feature uneven ground, which could prove difficult to navigate. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles's Private Gardens at Highgrove House Will Open to Visitors Later This Spring," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of uneven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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uneven

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uneven

: not level, flat, or smooth
: not straight or parallel
: not following a regular pattern : not the same in all parts or at all times

uneven

adjective
un·​even | \ ˌən-ˈē-vən How to pronounce uneven (audio) \

Kids Definition of uneven

1 : odd sense 3 uneven numbers
2 : not level, straight, or smooth an uneven surface
3 : irregular sense 4 uneven breathing
4 : varying in quality an uneven performance
5 : unequal sense 2 an uneven competition

Other Words from uneven

unevenly adverb The board was cut unevenly.

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